On a sleepy, Sunday morning I joined members of the Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA) group for a sweep of Kailua Beach. The YPDA focuses largely on promoting action and activism in support of a greener, safer Hawaii.
I met with the Secretary on the Executive Board, Will Caron of the YPDA, along with other members and scoped the beach for plastics, rubbish and other waste materials. The cleanup was tedious but beach goers made it all the worthwhile. Supportive sunbathers applauded our efforts and offered words of encouragement and gratitude. Some even joined in temporarily, which in turn, made the labor-intensive cleanup all the more rewarding.
The amount of trash accumulated on the beach was astronomical. We had one trash bag, that we all shared, assuming the beach would be somewhat free of litter. That bag filled up and split before we could finish. Luckily, we had backup and were able to finish most of the beach from our starting location.
After the sweep, the YPDA team served drinks and gathered for a BBQ in a sense of community and togetherness. It was the perfect way to cap the day.
When you’re out on the shore, please remember to respect your beaches! Use less plastic, and glass – instead, substitute with more reusable sources. Tons of micro-plastics were found that were incredibly hard to gather. Plastic can negatively effect sea AND land life, so please be conscientious. Protect our Mother Earth. We only have one.
If you’re interested in helping out with other events and participating in future beach cleanups, visit the YPDA Facebook Group or on Instagram @ypdahawaii and see how you can help your community. A little goes a long way!